Emily Hartley, Published June 28 2010
MSUM to host Fourth of July events
Look no further than Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 38th annual Fourth of July celebration for your share of hotdogs, parades and fireworks.
Early-morning enthusiasts can begin celebrating with a 10K run and Kids’ Firecracker Trot at 8 a.m. Sunday at the MSUM Nemzek Field North Gate.
Evening events kick off at 6:30 p.m. at Nemzek Stadium, and the Patriotic Parade begins at 7 p.m. at 14th Street and Ninth Avenue South.
To fill your parade fix, the Decorated Bike Parade for Kids follows at 7:45 p.m. at the stadium.
The stadium and Nemzek Hall will feature concessions, inflatable games and music from the Lake Agassiz Concert Band at
7:30 p.m. and the Front Fenders at 8:30 p.m.
As Fourth of July celebrations usually do, the event ends with a fireworks display by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics at 10:30 p.m.
Other area celebrations over the holiday weekend include:
- Detroit Lakes, Minn., 10th Annual Fourth of July Beach Bash at Lakeside Tavern, Friday through Sunday. The three-day celebration features music from G.B. Leighton and Martin Zellar. The city will host a fireworks display at dusk Sunday on City Beach.
- Grand Forks, Sertoma Fourth of July Festival, Sunday. An annual event in the city’s downtown area, the Sertoma celebration features an early-morning run/walk, a kids parade, face painting and a petting zoo, just to name a few. Music from “Kenny and the Classics” and “The Roosters” will last through the 51st annual free fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. on the Greenway along the Red River.
- Jamestown, N.D., races at Jamestown Speedway, Saturday, 7 p.m. The races will be followed by a Fireworks Spectacular. For entertainment before the weekend, the American Barnstormers Tour will be at the Jamestown Regional Airport Wednesday through Friday, showcasing 20 open-cockpit vintage airplanes. Admission to the display is free, and rides in the planes are offered for a fee.
- Walker, Minn., celebration, Sunday. The town’s events include a Kiddie Parade at 1:45 p.m. followed by a larger parade, a fish fry, games and local entertainment in Walker City Park. The day finishes off with fireworks over Leech Lake.
- McLeod, N.D., parade and picnic, Sunday. Tagging it as “one of North Dakota’s most patriotic community events,” the celebration includes a parade and picnic starting at 2 p.m. and tours at the McLeod Museum Complex.
- Fort Ransom, N.D., parade and rodeo, Sunday. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on the town’s main street, followed by a rodeo at Fort Ransom Arena at 2 p.m.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Hartley at (701) 235-7311